HAUL AWAY JOE

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HAUL AWAY JOE
According to Stan Hugill, this is a famous tack and sheet shanty. Because of the many
verses (he lists 20) he believes it may have been used as a halyard song (sheet shanties
were usually no longer than three orfour verses). Sometimes the word “pull” or “haul”
was used instead of Joe. According to Eloise Linscott although the shanty was known
earlier among British sailors, it was not well-known on Yankee ships until the period
between 1812 and the Civil War.
When I was a little lad
And so my mother told me,
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe,
That if I did not kiss a gal
My lips would grow all moldy,
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe.
Chorus
Way, haul away, we’ll haul for better weather,
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe.
King Louis was the King of France
Before the Revolution,
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe,
King Louis got his head cut off
Which spoiled his constitution.
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe.
Chorus
Oh the cook is in the galley
Making duff so handy
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe,
And the captain’s in his cabin
Drinkin’ wine and brandy
Way, haul away, we’ll haul away Joe.
Chorus